Surrender Your Pet

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Thinking of surrendering your cat?

We know that sometimes things happen and people find themselves unable to properly care for their cat. Our greatest fear is that someone will feel so desperate that they consider giving or selling their cat to a stranger. Without the required references and home checks performed by rescue groups, cats run the risk of being placed into unhealthy and abusive homes. We want to ensure your loved one gets the home they deserve.

Before you make the decision to surrender, give away, or sell your cat, we may be able to help you find solutions that will allow you to keep your cat as a member of the family. While we can't guarantee miracles, we do have extensive experience dealing with a multitude of issues and can certainly offer suggestions and alternatives to giving up your cat.

We understand that sometimes despite best efforts it is necessary to surrender your cat.

Based on urgency and space availability, Cat Association does take in cats surrendered by their owners. Please understand that because we have very limited resources, it's necessary for us to prioritize the cats we take into the shelter. Please be patient with us and we will do our best to work with you to ensure the safety and well-being of your cat. The unfortunate reality is sometimes we just do not have room. As a no-kill shelter, we only have space as other cats get adopted.

Surrendering your cat to Cat Association of Topeka is a permanent decision.

Cat Association knows that surrendering your cat is a very difficult decision, but sometimes - it is the only one to make. If you choose to surrender your cat, you'll be asked to complete a surrender contract. Your signature on this contract represents a permanent decision on your part. This legally binding contract gives full ownership of the cat to Cat Association of Topeka. This allows us to provide veterinary care and down the road, legally adopt out the cat to a carefully pre-screened 'forever' home. Please note: Adoptions through Cat Association of Topeka are considered closed, meaning that we do not reveal the identities of either the surrendering or adopting parties. This ensures your privacy, as well as the privacy of the adopter, will be protected.